Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has come out in defence of Mario Balotelli following his half-time row with Danele De Rossi when their side faced England this week.
Prandelli conceded Balotelli (10/1 To Score First) is far from the finished article but praised his attitude, saying: "How do you try to work out what goes on in the head of a 21-year-old young man? In terms of his behaviour, mentality and psychology, he has changed radically with us. There are no problems with communication. I'm just curious to see what he is feeling, what sacrifices he is prepared to make to become a great footballer."
De Rossi (8/1 To Score Anytime), who was speaking ahead of Italy's (21/10 To Qualify For The Final) semi-final against Germany (2/5 To Qualify For The Final), was himself relaxed on the situation at half-time in the England match, which saw the Roma midfielder barrack his Manchester City colleague and thus raise questions over squad harmony. There have been no questions over Balotelli's capability as a footballer, but doubts do linger about his mental approach to the game.
De Rossi commented: "Mario is not a difficult character at all. There is no need for us to have a word with him, that is up to the coach, and we don't need to make any extra effort with him. On Sunday I shouted at him at half-time but that has happened thousands of times in my career with players. But there are no problems with him and there have never been any. He is a very good player."